Rob Bironas and Mike Munchak spoke yesterday about Bironas getting robbed of a Pro Bowl spot he clearly deserved.
Boclair takes an extended look at Mike Munchak's habit of hiring coaches who had notable college and professional playing careers. Munch has also focused on hiring coaches who rely on positivity over negativity in the locker room, and encourage an atmosphere of camaraderie and team-focus over identifying who the franchise super stars are at any given time.
Jason Jones makes PFF's list for the worst performances in week 16.
David Climer essentially repackages David Boclair's column from yesterday about the focus of the offense being turned downfield due to CJ's injury and Jamie Harper being just awful.
Jared Cook explained that awkward TD celebration from Sunday, which started out looking like an Atomic Elbow off the top ropes but ended-up as some attempt to mimic jumping into a pool. Needless to say, it's been fodder for a lot of locker room ribbing.
Chris Johnson is still being held out of practice to let his ankle heal, but Munch and CJ say he's walking and running much better this week than he did last week... not that any of this means that we'll gain more than 30 yards on the ground on Sunday.
Speaking of CJ, Mike Tainer brings the funny by imagining a beleaguered Rex Ryan talking to the press about CJ & co.:
Chris Johnson is a tough running back to prepare for. He spends so much time running sideways, I replaced Titans game film with a documentary on fiddler crabs and no one noticed. I always warn my defenders, watch out for Johnson because you can stuff him for no gain on 20 carries, but then he will gouge you for 6 yards on No. 21. That Matt Hasselbeck sure is a survivor. He reminds me of the G.I. Joe action figures that Rob and I used to melt over the campfire. I love cornerback Cortland Finnegan. That guy has the impulse control of a bear trap. He makes Ndamukong Suh look like Deepak Chopra. Besides Finnegan, the Titans' best defensive player is Karl Klug, who I think was the boxer from Mike Tyson's Punch-Out with the red mustache and lederhosen.
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Paul K points out that MJD has had one of the better years that most NFL fans won't notice or remember.
Speaking of the Jags, no player in their franchises' history gashed the Fisher-era Titans like Fred
Jones Taylor, and now the retired running back is lobbying for Fish to coach the Jags next season.
Don Banks names his top NFL stories of 2011.
Former head of NFL officials and current TV commentator Mike Pereira took some hilarious shots at Jon Gruden, and I'm sure there are a boatload of people in the NFL who would agree.
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